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Newman News Term 3 Week 8: From the Vice Principal

27 Aug 2021

Year 7 2022 – Parent Information Meeting 

The College will be running the Year 7 2022 Parent Information Evening on Wednesday 22 September at 6.30pm in the Marist Auditorium. This presentation will cover relevant information about your child’s Year 7 Newman College experience.

Multicultural Week

To celebrate the College’s cultural diversity, the Languages Learning Area hosted a variety of events during Multicultural Week.  The Language teachers use this time to bring a greater cultural awareness to the College through small events that celebrate the blessing of diverse cultures. Multicultural Week historically is about celebrating individuals that have come from all over the world, as they bring their cultures, values, and beliefs to our multi-cultural country – Australia.  As Australians we are proud to accept and embrace these differences.

Students and staff were entertained during lunchtime each day with different events including a Tarantella dance show, Taiko – Japanese drums, an accordion performance, songs from the world-concert and finished with an Italian gelato van!!

NAPLAN

NAPLAN Reports for our Year 3, 5, 7 and 9 students have gone live on SEQTA, copies have been posted to your mailing address.

Kindy Flexible Offering 

At Newman College we understand that a number of the families in our community would benefit from greater flexibility when entering children into our Kindergarten Program.

Therefore, from 2022 and beyond we will be expanding our offering to include a five-day and a four-day Kindergarten Program, alongside our current three-day offering.

We are fortune to be able to offer our families before school, after school and holiday care located on our school grounds.

We are currently open for enrolments for 2022 and beyond, to find out more about this wonderful offering please contact the Newman Enrolments team at registrar@newman.wa.edu.au.

Please feel free to pass on this information to anyone in your network who might be interested.

Newman College Norms 

Students need stability and safety before they can learn and engage. Maslow before Bloom! Our Newman College Norms, our non-negotiables, have been outlined in an age-appropriate manner to all students in our community. We will be referring to theses norms as a staff and as a school community on a regular basis. We know what effective learning environments and teacher – student relationships look and feel like, and therefore we know how to create and maintain a school that promotes wellbeing and learning. Our non-negotiables make our expectations clear to everyone in our community. All communities have norms, knowing the norms allows people to experience psychological safety, and hence provides an environment where it is safe to let your light shine, strive towards your potential and live life to the full.

View our Norms by clicking here.

Jade Lewis – Under YOUR Influence

The College was host to Jade Lewis, Public Speaker and Author, last Monday evening.  Her book, Under YOUR influence: parenting teenagers into a drug and alcohol problem free life, talks parents through five key strategies for navigating your children through drugs and alcohol.  Jade’s aim is to reach young people and their families with the life saving message ‘JUST SAY NO’, She hopes to equip parents and students with ways of overcoming challenges.

Thank you once again to our Newman Parents forum who arranged for Jade to address our parent community.

COVID Stress Test – Remote Learning

On Tuesday 14 September the College will stress test our preparedness to move into remote schooling, should the need arise in the future. On this day, students from Years 3 to 12 will engage in the routines of our remote learning plan, whilst on campus. Students will be given the opportunity to practice accessing the College’s online learning platforms (including Teams) throughout the school day. Therefore, on Tuesday 14 September, we ask all students in Years 3 to 12 to please bring their fully charged laptop/device and their headphones to school.

Any assessments scheduled for the day will still go ahead, as a point of priority. Our students in PK to Year 2 and Education Support Students do not utilise a full one-to-one digital solution as part of their remote learning plan and therefore their day will look very similar to normal. The initiative to test our remote structures and procedures is part of our continued dedication to the delivery of quality teaching and learning to our young people.

Vision for Mission

As part of the College’s Vision for Mission to form “good Christians and good citizens”, we are inviting our Year two students to attend the College community Mass held on Thursdays at 8.10am in the Champagnat Chapel. This will form part of the Year 2 transition to Lavalla and is an opportunity for students to engage in the sacramental life of the universal Church.  We thank our Year two families for their partnership in nurturing the faith of our young students.

RU OK? Day

Our PK-12 students participated in RU OK? Day yesterday. RUOK Day is a National Day of Action, encouraging us to notice signs of mental health struggles in family, friends, and colleagues. A great reminder that any day is the day to ask “Are you ok?” and support those who may be struggling with emotional problems and mental issues. Students were given the opportunity to accessorise their uniform with the colour ‘yellow’.

Code of Conduct 

The Keeping Safe Child Protection curriculum is a program that spans from 3 years up to Year 12.  Our College delivers this curriculum during classroom teaching, and through the Wellbeing Programs and Health curriculum.

As a Catholic community we are committed to educating the whole person. In order to do this, we need to ensure a safe, supportive and engaging environment. The basis for this environment is that all in the community model what healthy, respectful relationships look like. The Code of Conduct is the definitive guide to the behaviours we want to model to, and expect from, our children and young people. We want to create a culture that assists our children and young people on their learning journey. We can only achieve such a culture in partnership with all who participate in our community. The Keeping Safe Child Protection curriculum is a program that spans from 3 years up to Year 12.  Our College delivers this curriculum during classroom teaching, and through the Wellbeing Programs and Health curriculum.

A reminder to all families that the Code of Conduct can be accessed via the College website. The Code is mandated by Catholic Education Western Australia and the application of the code extends to all staff, students, parents, guardians, caregivers and volunteers.

Any perceived breaches of the Code can be discussed with a member of the Senior Leadership Team. As always, if students ever need support, they are encouraged to contact their Leader of Wellbeing, a College psychologist, Counsellor or classroom teacher.

The Code seeks to value the dignity of every person, foster positive relationships, ensure confidentiality and accountability and supports professional boundaries. Events held during school hours, and those College associated events outside of school hours are also supported by the Code of Conduct. Additionally, postings on social media platforms that identify the College or College events are bound by the Code of Conduct. We thank you in advance for your understanding and look forward to a positive partnership that supports our students, your children.